Heating Solution

I believe I may have found a heating solution for the greenhouse. It’s a radiant space heater made out of terracotta pots using candles to create heat and it is quite simple to make.

This is all you need.
This is all you need.

All you need is one larger pot and one smaller pot, a bolt, 4 washers and two nuts. You simply place a washer over the top of the drainage hole of the larger pot and insert a bolt. On the inside of the pot add another washer and then twist on a nut.

Don't twist the bolt too tightly because it's easy to crack the pot.
Don’t twist the bolt too tightly because it is easy to crack the pot.

Then turn the pot right side up and put on the next washer. Then lower the smaller pot down on the bolt and then add the final washer and nut.

The two pots should be snug together, but have a little give. The inside pot will hang when it is turned upside down.
The two pots should be snug, but have a little give. The inside pot will hang when it is turned upside down.

The best candles to use are the candles in glass jars. I couldn’t find any except scented ones so I decided to use medium-sized pillar candles. I am not sure how well they will work since the clay will become very hot. Remember to place your candles on a tray of some kind. I am using a deep clay saucer.

No, this is not a magic ritual!
No, this is not a magic ritual!

I used bricks to elevated the pots for air flow. Also, in this case I have the whole thing resting upon a paving stone because the floor of the greenhouse is Cypress mulch. The temperature of the pots can reach about 160 f. or 71 c. so you need to be careful not to touch it bare handed or leave items too close to it. Even if the candles go out the pot will continue to radiate heat for a few hours. You can also use much smaller pots and about four tea lights to create radiant heat for a small room indoors!

Virtually free radiant heat!
Virtually free radiant heat!

In other news I have faced my Nemesis! I managed to put up a few shelves and began organizing the horrid mess. I hope to work  some more on it next weekend.

It's a start.
It’s a start.

7 thoughts on “Heating Solution

  1. I’ve been doing this with tea candles for several years. It does work. However, I’ve noticed that if I have one in each room I get a stuffy nose. I think soy candles would be better. Not as much bad air.

    1. I think it does work in a closed and insulated room. Unfortunately, this greenhouse is simply made of clear plastic panels with no insulation and there are tiny gaps to the outside in the metal frame. Any heat generated got sucked out.

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